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Banditry: Nigerien troops rescue Nigerian soldiers

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Nine soldiers fleeing bandits’ assault in Sokoto have been rescued by Nigerien troops.

Sources told Daily Trust that the Nigerian soldiers were rescued at Basira, a border village under Gidan Roumdji district of Niger Republic, on Friday.

Daily Trust had reported how bandits attacked a joint military base codenamed “Burkusuma Camp” located in Sabon Birni Local Government Area of Sokoto State, killing military and paramilitary officers.

The bandits also attacked Gatawa and other villages around the area.

Although the attack took place in the early hours of Friday, the information did not filter in until Sunday as the area is affected by telecommunication shutdown currently in force in Zamfara State and parts of Sokoto and Katsina.

A member of the Sokoto State House of Assembly, Aminu AlMustapha Gobir, confirmed the attack, saying 12 security personnel were killed in action.

Also, the Sokoto State Commissioner for Carriers and Security Matters, Colonel Garba Moyi (rtd) confirmed the attack to Daily Trust but said he was not sure of the casualty figures.

Daily Trust gathered that the attacks on the Sokoto communities were carried out by bandits from the combined teams of two Zamfara bandits’ kingpins, Halilu Sububu and Kachalla Turji.

“The bandits came in large number, surrounded the camp and started firing from every angle,” a former chairman of Sabon Birni Local Government, Engineer Idris Muhammad Gobir (aka Danchadi) told our reporter, citing eyewitnesses from the area.

It was learnt that nine soldiers, three mobile policemen and three personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) lost their lives in the attack. Gobir said many security operatives in the camp were still missing.

The marauders also burnt down two patrol vehicles and carted away another one, which was used to convey food items stolen from the villagers, Daily Trust gathered.

Gobir said they received a report about the attack from a resident of the area who was using the Nigerien network.

However, a prominent traditional ruler in the area confirmed that some vehicles were sent to evacuate the corpses of the fallen heroes.

“And over 10 trucks loaded with well-armed soldiers are currently in the forest trailing the bandits.

A personnel of the NSCDC who sought for anonymity confirmed to our reporter that three of their personnel were among the casualties.

“As I am talking to you, we are at the morgue to claim and recover their corpses for burial,” he said.

It was learnt that the bandits also attacked Katsira village where they shot four persons.

Two of the victims were said to have died instantly while the remaining two were receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.

The bandits were also said to have whisked away three persons from the village.

The spokesman for the 8 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major Yahaya Ngulde could not be reached for comment as of the time of filing this report.

Similarly, the Police Public Relation Officer, ASP Sanusi Abubakar said he was not aware of the attack.

When contacted, the Director of Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. Benjamin Sawyer told one of our correspondents that he would get back after confirmation of the incident.

“You have already reported it quoting from your source. I will have to confirm your publication,’’ he said.

He was yet to get back to as at when filing this report.

Situation worsened by rivalry among security agencies – Experts

Experts have identified a lack of synergy among the various security agencies as a major factor responsible for insecurity in Nigeria. The experts made the comments in a Zoom meeting organised by the Nigerian Diaspora Network (NDN), US chapter on Saturday night.

Speaking on the matter, a retired army officer, Col. Nelson Hambolu noted that the whittling down of the Nigerian Police Force and duplication of its functions by other agencies had weakened the force.

“There is rivalry and at the end of the day, it is about money,” he said.

He advocated a return to the grassroots to address the challenge, maintaining that “We cannot talk about banditry without talking about unemployment and poverty.”

In his presentation, Prof Albert Ayeni described the actions of bandits as terrorism and warned the government to act before the infiltrating terrorists unleash more attacks that would make “What happened in Afghanistan would be a child’s play.”

He called on the legislature to find a way outside the efforts being made by the executive to address the ugly trend.

On his part, the President of the Nigerian Diaspora Organisation (NIDO), Kareem Bello identified “political system failure” as the major problem confronting Nigeria and which has translated to the high level of poverty and insecurity.

Daily Trust

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Akwa Ibom Monarch Sentenced To Death

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The Village Head of Efen Ibom in Ika LGA in Akwa Ibom State, Chief Essien Matthew Odiong, has been sentenced to death by hanging.

The monarch, who stood trial on four counts of conspiracy, was convicted for the murder of one Udoma Udo Ubom.

According to the verdict delivered by Justice Edem Akpan of the Akwa Ibom State High Court, the monarch was found guilty of murder after the deceased was injected with a chemical substance which led to his death on the 26th of April, 2017.

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The events leading to his death were preceded by the late Ubom, being accused of wizardry by his brothers, who was then ordered by the Village Head to take an oath to swear in order to prove his innocence.

The court held that, “Having sensed the consequences of his criminal activity, the monarch escaped from the village in 2017 and returned in 2019, when he was arrested by the Police.”

According to the court, the chemical substance administered via syringe on the deceased buttocks was his cause of death.

The judge sentenced the monarch, 82, to death by hanging for murder, seven years imprisonment with hard labor for overseeing an unlawful trial by ordeal and three years imprisonment for conspiracy with others who are yet to be apprehended by the authorities.

Odiong has 60 children with his 12 wives.

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We Are Not Going On Strike, IPMAN Counters Threat By Southeast Faction

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The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has urged Nigerians to disregard the threat by some marketers in the South-East zone of shutting down depots in Calabar, Port Harcourt and Enugu.

Mr Edet Umana, IPMAN Chairman, Cross River, made this known in a statement on Saturday.

Umana denounced the purported threat of shutting down the depots due to alleged police harassment by some marketers in the zone.

He maintained that IPMAN members in the zone were not interested in causing further disruption in the supply of petroleum products following the challenges faced recently across the country.

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Umana said: “The leadership issue of IPMAN has been settled by a Supreme Court judgement delivered in Abuja on Dec. 14, 2018.

“The judgment read by Justice Musa Muhammad in suit No. SC15/2015 recognised Mr Chinedu Okoronkwo and Alhaji Danladi Pasali as National President and Secretary of IPMAN respectively.”

According to him, acting on this judgment, the police has invited some persons in the Southeast claiming to be a faction of IPMAN for a meeting over the issue.

Umana said the move which was directed by the Inspector General of Police, Mr Usman Baba, was aimed at finding a lasting solution to the leadership tussle.

He said their failure to obey the judgment of the court prompted the intervention of the police based on the advice of the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami.

Umana enjoined IPMAN members to go about their respective businesses without any fear of intimidation.

He said the association would continue to support efforts of the Federal Government to ensure smooth supply and distribution of petroleum products across the country. (NAN)

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American Model Stabs Nigerian Lover to Death

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Courtney Clenney and Christian Obumseli

Courtney Clenney, an American Instagram model, has been accused of fatally stabbing Christian Obumseli, her Nigerian boyfriend, to death during an argument in Miami, United States of America.

According to the Miami Herald, Clenney claimed she had merely thrown a knife at Obumseli at a distance of over 10 feet during an altercation they both had inside their luxurious Miami apartment.

However, investigations carried out by the police showed that the chest wound the Nigerian suffered was too deep to have been caused by a blade hurled from across the room.

The investigators said the stabbing was “up close and personal”. The wound, as suggested by the piercing, was “slightly downward,” penetrating Obumseli’s chest by eight centimetres.

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The medical evidence that was presented, together with Clenney’s history of attacking Obumseli with weapons during their rocky relationship, left prosecutors with no option but to charge her with murder.

The 26-year-old model was also depicted as the relationship’s unhinged aggressor, as the prosecuting team played a video of her repeatedly attacking the Nigerian in an elevator two months before the killing.

“The violent and toxic two-year relationship of Christian Obumseli and Courtney Clenney did not have to end in tragedy with Christian’s murder as a victim of domestic violence,” said Katherine Fernandez, a state attorney.

Clenny’s arrest warrant was unsealed on Thursday, one day after U.S. marshals arrested her in Hawaii, where she had been enrolled in a substance abuse rehabilitation program.

Clenney and Obumseli had moved into their three-bedroom luxury apartment in January, with neighbours constantly complaining about their noise.

“There was a history of her always being aggressive and violent,” said Larry Handfield, a Miami lawyer representing Obumseli’s family.

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